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Working As An Educational Adviser

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Educational Adviser Do

School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.

Duties

School counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning
  • Identify issues that impact school performance, such as poor classroom attendance rates
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
  • Work with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed
  • Teach students and school staff about certain topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation
  • Report possible cases of neglect or abuse and refer students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support

The specific duties of school counselors vary with the ages of their students.

Elementary school counselors focus on helping students develop certain skills, such as those used in decisionmaking and studying, that they need in order to be successful in their social and academic lives. They meet with parents or guardians to discuss their child’s strengths and weaknesses, and any possible special needs and behavioral issues. School counselors also work with teachers and administrators to ensure that the curriculum addresses both the developmental and academic needs of students.

Middle school counselors work with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere for students to achieve academic success. They help the students develop the skills and strategies necessary to succeed academically and socially.

High school counselors advise students in making academic and career plans. Many help students overcome personal issues that interfere with their academic development. They help students choose classes and plan for their lives after graduation. Counselors provide information about choosing and applying for colleges, training programs, financial aid, and internships and apprenticeships. They may present career workshops to help students search and apply for jobs, write résumés, and improve their interviewing skills.

Career counselors typically do the following:

  • Use aptitude and achievement assessments to help clients evaluate their interests, skills, and abilities
  • Evaluate clients’ background, education, and training, to help them develop realistic goals
  • Guide clients through making decisions about their careers, such as choosing a new profession and the type of degree to pursue
  • Help clients learn job search skills, such as interviewing and networking
  • Assist clients in locating and applying for jobs, by teaching them strategies to find openings and how to write a résumé
  • Advise clients on how to resolve problems in the workplace, such as conflicts with bosses or coworkers
  • Help clients select and apply for educational programs, to obtain the necessary degrees, credentials, and skills

Career counselors work with clients at various stages of their careers. Some work in colleges. They may help students choose a major or help students determine what jobs they are qualified for with their degrees.

Career counselors also work with people who have already entered the workforce. These counselors develop plans to improve their client’s current career. They also provide advice about entering a new profession.

Some career counselors work in outplacement firms and assist laid-off workers with transitioning into new jobs or careers. Others work in corporate career centers to assist employees in making decisions about their career path within the company.

Career counselors who work in private practice must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with clients to receive payments for their services.

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How To Become An Educational Adviser

Most school counselors must have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field and have a state-issued credential. Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree. Career counselors who work in private practices may also need a license.

Education

Most states require school counselors to have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field. Programs in school counseling teach students about fostering academic development; conducting group and individual counseling; working with parents, school staff, and community organizations; and using data to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs for all students. These programs often require students to gain experience through an internship or practicum.

Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Career counseling programs prepare students to assess clients’ skills and interests and to teach career development techniques. Many programs require students to have a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.  

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Public school counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Licensure or certification typically requires a master’s degree in school counseling and an internship or practicum completed under the supervision of a licensed professional school counselor.

Some states require applicants to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process. Information about requirements for each state is available from the American School Counselor Association.

Although some employers prefer to hire licensed career counselors, licensure is not required by all states. Contact information for state regulating boards is available from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Although most states do not require work experience in a related occupation, some states require school counselors to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Please see the Similar Occupations tab for more information on teaching occupations.

Important Qualities

Compassion. School and career counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients and students.

Interpersonal skills. School and career counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients, students, or other professionals and need to form and maintain good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for school and career counselors. They need to give their full attention to students and clients in order to understand their problems.

Speaking skills. School and career counselors must communicate effectively with clients and students. They should express ideas and information in a way that their clients and students understand easily.

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Educational Adviser Career Paths

Educational Adviser
Consultant Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Program Manager Associate Director
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Admissions Representative Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Admissions Representative Academic Adviser Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Admissions Representative Academic Adviser Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Principal Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Case Manager Director Of Admissions
Enrollment Management Director
8 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Instructional Designer Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Support Specialist Enrollment Specialist
Enrollment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean Academic Dean
Student Services Director
5 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Instructor Instruction Assistant Principal
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Admissions Counselor Enrollment Specialist Enrollment Manager
Admissions Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Department Chairperson Assistant Dean
Associate Director Of Admissions
6 Yearsyrs
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Educational Adviser Demographics

Gender

Female

53.1%

Male

32.3%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

9.7%

Arabic

5.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Greek

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

German

1.5%

Swahili

0.7%

Cherokee

0.7%

Samoan

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Somali

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Igbo

0.7%
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Educational Adviser Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.6%

Broward College

10.1%

Kaplan University

8.6%

Capella University

6.0%

University of South Florida

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Florida International University

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Liberty University

3.7%

National University

3.4%

Clark Atlanta University

3.4%

University of Rhode Island

3.4%

Valencia College

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

Johnson & Wales University

3.4%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

3.0%

George Washington University

3.0%

Miami Dade College

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%
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Majors

Business

21.7%

Education

9.5%

Educational Leadership

6.8%

Psychology

6.0%

Elementary Education

5.4%

School Counseling

5.1%

Communication

5.1%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Management

3.5%

English

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.3%

Political Science

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Public Administration

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

Social Work

2.8%

Biology

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%
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Degrees

Masters

34.9%

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

16.1%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

4.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Best Paying Company
Wright State University
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does an Educational Adviser make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Educational Adviser in the United States is $79,475 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $170,000.

Real Educational Adviser Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Education Advisor World Education, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 14, 2015 $98,719
Education Advisor Aspire Pathway, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 16, 2016 $96,000
Education Advisor Ameriwal International Inc. NY Aug 15, 2016 $54,492
Education Advisor Ameriwal International Inc. NY Aug 20, 2016 $54,492
International Education Advisor Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 11, 2015 $42,000
Education Advisor and Analyst Career Mentoring Network, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $40,279
Educational Advisor Success2College, LLC Vienna, VA Sep 14, 2015 $40,000
Educational Advisor MacRosys, LLC Vienna, VA Sep 14, 2015 $40,000
Education Advisor Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 14, 2014 $40,000
Education Abroad Advisor University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Sep 30, 2015 $39,520
Educational Adviser BYB Inc. Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2012 $36,439
Educational Advisor Aspire Pathway LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 02, 2013 $36,000
Educational Advisor Aspire Pathway LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 17, 2013 $36,000
Educational Advisor Aspire Pathway LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 25, 2013 $36,000

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Top Skills for An Educational Adviser

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  2. Phone Calls
  3. Customer Service
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  • Certified as Military Education Advisor pertinent to any military branch or affiliation.
  • Conducted follow-up activities (phone calls, mail-outs, emails) to ensure individual student education objectives were being met.
  • Provide excellent customer service to students through the application and enrollment process using consultative approaches.
  • Maintain current knowledge of university systems and independent colleges.
  • Participated in the design and review of curriculum development for the Council's publications in character development and moral education.

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